Sunday 21 November 2021
Sophia – (DPA):
Voters in Bulgaria head to the polls on Sunday for the run-off that will determine the new president of the European Union member state.
The current President Rumen Radev and Sophia University President Anastas Gerdchikov are competing for the position.
Political analysts give President Radev, 58, better chances of winning the elections than his rival.
The run-off became necessary because Radev narrowly failed to win re-election for a second term during the first round of elections that ended a week ago, with 49% of the vote. Opinion polls before the run-off.
Radev, a former fighter pilot and air force commander, was elected in 2016 with the support of the Socialists (ex-Communists).
Radev is considered one of the fiercest critics of former Prime Minister Boyko Borissov of the conservative (GERP) party (Citizens for European Development in Bulgaria), whose administration was marred by corrupt practices.
Radev is again supported by the socialists as well as by the new protest parties.
Professor Gerdchikov, 58, ran independently for the elections and was supported by the Gerp Party.
Before the runoff, Professor Gerdchikov, a graduate of Humboldt University in Berlin, received indirect support from the Turkish minority party (DBS).